Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Day 136 - The Ayes Have It

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Iraq is nine hours ahead of Central Standard Time. Whenever I hear reports like this one journaled by SFC Kevin Kelly, I always try to figure out what I was doing here while this was going on there:

I mentioned last night about thanks for the prayers of protection. I wanted to give you a little more info about last night's Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident.

...I didn't find out until this morning that when our men found the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the vehicles stopped. They heard a cell phone ringing, but couldn't determine where it was coming from.

Turns out, the cell phone was actually wired to the IED to go off when the cell phone received a call.

The thing is this: the phone rang, but the IED never went off. Everything was hooked up, but it still didn't go off.

Someone was looking out for us last night. That is the only one way to look at it.

"For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]." Psalm 91:11